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Kevin Knight Receives the ISI Achievement Award for 2014

December 18, 2014

This year our Executive Director, Prem Natarajan, established a new institute-wide award, “The Information Sciences Institute Achievement Award”. It will be given annually to ISIers who have made a contribution to the Institute that we believe will have a significant and lasting impact.

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Two ISIers named ACL Fellows

December 11, 2014

The Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) established in 2011 a program to recognize members who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of computational linguistics.

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Daniel Marcu to be ISI’s Director of Strategic Initiatives

October 23, 2014

On October 14, Daniel Marcu accepted the new position of Director of Strategic Initiatives for ISI. In this capacity, Daniel will work with researchers throughout the whole Institute to bring about development of new technical directions and new models of engaging with government and industry.

Daniel will at the same time continue advancing his own research within ISD.

Please join me in congratulating Daniel!

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Kristina Lerman’s group can prove that your friends are cooler than you

October 13, 2014

The research of Kristina Lerman, Farsha Kooti, and Nathan Hodas demonstrating that your social media friends are usually more interesting than you are is featured in an article on the Viterbi school's website.

http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2014/your-friends-are-cooler-than-you-kristina-lerman-friendship-paradox-social-media.htm

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Former ISI student Shou-De Lin Receives Young Scholar Innovation Award

September 29, 2014

In August of this year Dr. Lin received the Young Scholar Innovation Award from the Taiwanese Foundation for the Advancement of Outstanding Scholarship. The foundation established the award with the aim of encouraging young scholars under the age of 40 to develop the courage to innovate as well as pursue probing, long-term research projects.

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Welcome 2014 Fall ISD Students

September 25, 2014

James Bedell is a first-year PhD student at USC, where he is co-advised by Kevin Knight and Fei Sha. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Computer Science in the spring of 2014. He is working on narrowing his research interests, since right now he finds many problems related to parsing, understanding, querying, translating and deciphering text to be equally interesting. He is a passable but not exceptional guitarist, bass guitarist, clarinetist, and singer, and enjoys songwriting. He enjoys video games that don't rely much on fast reaction timing, like Minecraft and Skyrim. He is a big fan of several obscure subgenres of metal, as well as folk, progressive, and alternative rock. One of his goals in life is to learn to cook more kinds of vegetables, and his dream research would probably be to write a system which scrapes technical web content, performs automatic music synthesis, and produces diss raps. También, él habla español.

Gandhali Karnik
I am pursuing my masters in Computer Science at USC. At ISI, I work as a student worker under Prof. Pedro Szekely on developing data visualizations for the Karma tool. My areas of interest are information integration on the web and machine learning. I have also worked at SAP as a mobile application developer and I enjoy creating mobile apps. I love scripting languages, music and movies.

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Andrew Philpot has been promoted to the position of Computer Scientist!

September 4, 2014

Andrew has worked as a programmer at ISI since 1998. During this time, he has grown steadily and has increasingly shown an ability to be a leading contributor to projects within the Intelligent Systems Division. Andrew has helped develop new research ideas, and has advanced from contributing to the technical sections of projects, to independently leading significant research and development efforts, including budgeting, management, and task scheduling.

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ISI graduate Michael Rubenstein makes the news!

August 15, 2014

Michael Rubenstein did his PhD work here at ISI with Wei-Min Shen and is now a postdoc at Harvard. His work with a swarm of small robots is based on the research he did here, and has recently made the news. Take a look at the articles and videos on the Boston Globe and Harvard websites.

http://bit.ly/1vNMEcC

http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2014/08/self-organizing-thousand-robot-swarm

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Welcome 2014 Summer Visitiors

July 14, 2014

Matic Horvat
Matic is a PhD student at University of Cambridge. He holds an MPhil in Advanced Computer Science from University of Cambridge and a BSc in Computer Science from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In his PhD, Matic is working on the problem of integrating semantics into Statistical Machine Translation in order to improve translation quality. He has recently published his MPhil work on a graph-based approach to string regeneration at 2014 EACL student research workshop. In his spare time he is working on a start-up, rows for Churchill College, and enjoys playing FIFA with friends.

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Kevin Knight elected as a Fellow of AAAI

June 9, 2014

Kevin Knight was just notified that the Fellows committee of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence elected him as a new AAAI Fellow. The formal celebration will take place at the AAAI-14 conference in Quebec City next month.

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